Going green. Living organically. Back to basics. Whatever you choose to call it, the definition is the same: more and more people are trying to incorporate natural, Earth-friendly routines into their daily lives. And as the ecomomy continues to tank the percentage of Americans planting vegetable gardens continues to rise.
Growing up in the country, the beautiful North GA Mtns., I was raised on bountiful vegetable gardens every year. I have wonderful Nostalgic memories of my parents teaching me the do's and don'ts of planting and working those gardens. Barefoot and completely muddy, I didn't mind gardening as a child. My parents successfully passed on that chore as fun time! Not so happy now to do the back breaking work, but what I am is very thankful for the knowledge of gardening my parents passed on to me.
The National Gardening Association predicts a 40 percent increase in the number of homes growing vegetable gardens in 2009 in comparison with two years ago. Seed company W. Atlee Burpee expects a 25 percent increase in sales, says USA Today.
Even the 1st Lady is following the trend: Michelle Obama will begun digging up a patch of the South Lawn last mongh to plant a vegetable garden, the first at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt's victory garden in World War II. She reports there will be no beets - the president does not like them - but arugula will make the cut.
While the organic garden will provide food for the first family's meals and formal dinners, its most important role, Mrs. Obama said, will be to educate children about healthful, locally grown fruit and vegetables at a time when obesity and diabetes have become a national concern. "My hope," the first lady said in an interview in her East Wing office, "is that through children, they will begin to educate their families and that will, in turn, begin to educate our communities."
For me it's more of the pleasure of seeing something you've grown make it to the dinner table! Thanks mom and dad!